OBITUARY

Stephen Christopher "Chris" Ford

December 22, 1965May 16, 2020
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Stephen Christopher Ford, 54, passed away suddenly on May 16, 2020. Chris was born on December 22, 1965, in Laurinburg, NC, to the late Julian and Jacquelyn Ford. He graduated from Sanderson High and went on to graduate from East Carolina University. Chris was a faithful fan of the Pirates and passed on his love for Pirate football to his family.

Chris spent his career involved in the construction industry and most recently served Wake County Public Schools overseeing school construction projects. He was respected by his peers as a perfectionist with an eye for detail.

With a gregarious personality and an inviting smile, Chris delighted in sharing stories with a friend or a stranger, often over a glass of good bourbon. He fine-tuned his storytelling skills over countless trips with family and friends, including the annual fly-fishing trips with his childhood buddies. Chris could fix just about anything from plumbing to cars and was always willing to lend a hand. The only thing to eclipse his love of the outdoors and tinkering was his love for his family. Chris relished the time he spent traveling and camping with his family; watching his son, Nolan, play basketball; cheering on his daughter, Amelia, on the volleyball court; and listening to live music with the love of his life, Kellie. He instilled a strong work ethic in his children and was thrilled for Amelia to join her older brother at Sanderson this fall. Chris leaves behind a rich legacy of compassion, kindheartedness, and generosity.

He was a great father, a loyal friend, and a wonderful husband. Nothing will be the same without his smile and infectious laughter, and he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Kellie Monahan Ford; children, Nolan and Amelia; brother, Greg and his wife, Stephanie, of Hampstead, NC; nephew, Clay; sister-in-law, Stacie Monahan of Raleigh, NC; and father- and mother-in-law, Dennis and JoAnne Monahan of Raleigh, NC. Aunt Joyce Harvey and her husband Bill of Delray Beach, FL. Cousins Stephanie Miralia of Raleigh, NC and Andrea Butler and her husband, James and daughter Lucian of Severna Park, MD.

Due to gathering restrictions presented by the coronavirus, a celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to East Carolina University, College of Engineering and Technology (Construction Management Fund) or the Trout Unlimited Conservation Fund.

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  • East Carolina University, College of Engineering and Technology (Construction Management Fund)
  • Trout Unlimited Conservation Fund

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Stephen Christopher "Chris" Ford

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Stephanie Bunn

May 29, 2020

Kellie,
I was so very sorry to hear about the passing of your husband Chris. It was such a privilege to meet him last fall. You and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Stephanie Bunn

Lisa Wilson

May 23, 2020

I was so saddened to hear the news that Chris had passed away. My thoughts are with you, Kellie, and the children. I hope we can get together in the future and you can share happy memories with me about your life with Chris. May he RIP.

Jenny Mizelle

May 23, 2020

Kellie and Family
I just had the pleasure of watching the tribute video and feel like I know Chris more now. It was wonderful watching your family through the years. Chris lived a life of love and beauty and kindness and his love for all of you is so clear. What a beautiful treasure box of memories you have shared with us.
You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.
With much love and in faith,
Jenny Mizelle

Andre Lennon

May 22, 2020

Sending my love and prayers to the family.

Andre Lennon

Theresa Pearson

May 22, 2020

Kellie and Family,

My son Matthew and Nolan played basketball at Carroll when they were in 8th grade. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Chris always had a kind word to say about Matthew. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

Theresa Pearson and Family

Jason Phelan

May 21, 2020

Over the past 6 years sitting right next to Chris at WCPSS FD&C, I can truly say that he was one-of-a-kind. Other than being a great Project Manager, his friendship and his personality will always stay with me. We've shared a lot of laughs, some at my own expense being from Upstate NY, but they were always in good fun. Chris was one of the few individuals that could bring me to tears with his many 'Chris-isms' as I called them. You will be missed, my friend. May Kellie, his kids and the rest of his family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Kevin Baker

May 21, 2020

It's going to be strange not hearing Chris stream sports on the other side of my desk. Chris spoke very highly of his kids, and was particularly proud of what his son has been able to accomplish with sports in high school. His jovial spirit will certainly be missed in our office. I pray the Ford family finds peace in the difficult days that lie ahead.

Faye Johnson

May 21, 2020

Kellie,
My sincere sympathies to you and your family on the loss of Chris. Memories of my working days with you at Suitt Construction made me smile recently as I was looking through Christmas cards with photos of young Nolan and Amelia.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in faith, family, and friends surrounding you.
Love,
Faye Johnson

Graham Satisky

May 20, 2020

Dear Ford family
Just wanted you to know just how sorry am I for your loss and that you all are in my thoughts and prayers
Xoxo graham satisky

Holly Faison

May 20, 2020

We were heartbroken to hear the news about Chris. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.

Holly Faison
Barnhill Contracting Company

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